Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing

Waterhouse-Bott seal Flight Stakes with a kiss

Never Been Kissed winning the Group 1 Flight Stakes (photo by Ashlea Brennan)

 

Source: Racenet
Words: Matt Jones

The form and starting price said she couldn’t win but Never Been Kissed had one advantage over her rivals heading into the Group 1 Flight Stakes on Saturday – her trainers.

Gai Waterhouse and Randwick miles go hand-in-hand and Saturday’s triumph made it 10 wins in the Flight Stakes for the Hall of Famer. Waterhouse had won 134 majors before her and Adrian Bott formed a training partnership and Saturday’s Flight Stakes was the 13th time they’ve combined to win a Group 1.

There’s no doubt that Bott gets more and more confidence every time they send a horse around in a big race over the trip. Even if they only have provincial form and are sent out at $43 like Never Been Kissed was on Saturday.

“The Flight Stakes was our first Group 1 in partnership so it will always be a special race for us. This is where it all started for us with Global Glamour,” Bott said.

 

“We just thought she would be a nice filly once she got out to this sort of trip. She didn’t quite have the brilliance of these fillies or wasn’t quite seasoned enough to be taking them on over the shorter sharper trips.

“Getting out to the mile which is what she needed and a nice soft draw helped her today, she was excellent. Being bred out of New Zealand and off such a great farm she was always going to have that great constitution and great foundation to come here and run a strong mile.”

It was a great ride by Regan Bayliss who had the Tivaci filly in the perfect position in the run. He was box seating in behind the speed and as they came into the straight he found the back of favourite Four Moves Ahead and peeled off its back and went past it with ease. But at the 150m mark she looked home with only Hinged looking a threat as it rallied up the rail.

Never Been Kissed (photo by Ashlea Brennan)

 

Bayliss got the three-year-old home by a long neck as she showed that typical Waterhouse/Bott toughness in the closing stages to hold on when not really threatened.

Bayliss said he simply had to back Waterhouse’s judgment.

“I rode Startantes in the Golden Rose and she ran a slashing race. It was a bit of a toss up but Gai didn’t give us a chance,” Bayliss said.

“She told me to stick with her and stick with this one. I’ll ride more winners for her over the next couple of years. So I stuck with Gai and Adrian. They know how to get these good horses peaking at the right time.”

Never Been Kissed (photo by Ashlea Brennan)

 

 
 

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